Child and Youth counselling can help if your child or youth (aged below 21 years old) is struggling to cope with family conflicts, peer or school stress, and/or is exhibiting behavioural issues and you are struggling to communicate with them.
For younger children who may find it hard to describe their inner state verbally, expressive art, music, body movement or play can be used. Read more about Play Therapy below.
You will need to accompany your child or youth for the first session. Our counsellor will decide to see your child/youth alone or jointly with you for subsequent sessions.
Play Therapy is a therapeutic approach that works with children between ages 3 – 12 as children may not have the verbal ability to bring out their inner world and issues they are grappling with. Instead, they use toys as their words and may play out what they are feeling and experiencing.
Play Therapy may be helpful in a variety of circumstances, such as facing medical procedures, palliative care, problematic behaviours in school, family issues (like divorce, separation, or death of a close family member), aggressive behaviours, violence and abuse, anxiety, depression, grief, self-esteem
The parent’s role in Play Therapy is vital. The Play Therapist will meet both parents (or at least the parent who will bring the child for the therapy sessions) for the first session. Your involvement as parents in the process of play therapy will bring more positive outcomes for your child. The Play Therapist will have regular check-ins with you for update and feedback on how to help your child outside of the playroom.